\ ˈbrānd How to pronounce brained (audio) \

Definition of brained

: having a brain of a specified kind used in combination featherbrained

Examples of brained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But if small-brained bees can handle it, Ravi says robots may not need big complicated processors to get better at navigating their surroundings. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Scientific Discoveries From 2020 that May Lead to New Inventions," 28 Dec. 2020 But Bennett was also big-brained and quick-witted, with interests that stretched well beyond athletics. Howard Bryant, The Atlantic, "He Won a Super Bowl. Now for the Real Challenge.," 17 Dec. 2020 But the real smooth-brained move is to take memes at face value. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "‘No Thoughts Head Empty’ Is 2020’s Most Enduring Meme," 24 Nov. 2020 Savage thinks the shift might have something to do with the uniquely human challenge of having big-brained babies. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Say the Purpose of Sleep Shifts During the ‘Terrible Twos’," 18 Sep. 2020 Though a far cry from a human, big-brained cuttlefish are good candidates for stereo vision. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Velcroed 3-D Glasses to Cuttlefish to Study Their Depth Perception," 8 Jan. 2020 But big-brained African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) may be the first avian known to engage in this helpful behavior, Brucks’ team reports today in the journal Current Biology. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Parrots Will Share Currency to Help Their Pals Purchase Food," 9 Jan. 2020 Instead, there’s Bragg, a veteran broadcaster, author, and member of the House of Lords, who conducts a small roundtable of big-brained academics and critics to discuss a historical, scientific, ethical, or philosophical topic. The New Yorker, "Quarantine Culture Recommendations: Knitting, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and Melvyn Bragg," 25 Mar. 2020 The people who can make an outsized difference bring a combination of what is conventionally known as left-brained and right-brained thinking. Quartz India, "Kunal Shah on the jobs that will define India’s future," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of brained

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Brained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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